Beginners Guide to Geothermal Heating and Cooling in Homes

Are you an environment friendly home owner who would like to keep yourself or your family comfortable all year round while reducing your carbon impact? If so, then this article is geared towards you and will show you a beginner’s introduction to geothermal heating and cooling systems in homes.

As you can imagine, there is a large pool or reasons why you should employ the use of a geothermal system because they can be put to use in home structures of all types. Whether it be a single family residential home, offices, or even commercial use buildings it is no wonder that this system is gaining more and more attraction.

Not too long ago many viewed geothermal heating and cooling as an “alternative” eco-friendly only option. However it is now among the most recognized heating and cooling system options for single family residences. Because cost is typically an issue for anything in life you’ll be surprised to know that geothermal systems are quite reasonable when you compare to other systems which use oil that costs much, much more as the crude oil market fluctuates wildly at times. This then hits you, the fuel purchaser to foot the volatile bill.

As we mentioned earlier, if you are an eco-friendly minded individual then avoiding the excess use of oil and other fuels is a top concern in reducing ones carbon footprint.

Now, let’s take a quick look under the hood of how geothermal systems work. First, a pipe that is filled with solution is installed into the ground which allows this pipe to absorb the ground temperature and store it. Next, water is then sent to a heat pump which sends heat to stored refrigerant and a non-toxic, environmentally safe gas is converted from the solution filled pipes. This gas is then sent to a compressor where another heat exchange takes place and is then sent through a duct and distributed throughout the home.

If that sounded slightly confusing then don’t worry, because geothermal heating/cooling systems require a high degree of expertise to make sure installation is proper and accurately designed. Testing and use of the system is also carried out by professionals who seek to conserve the use of energy and ensure that the system starts off and remains environmentally safe throughout it’s use. An improper installation will ensure inefficiency in the system costing more money on heating and cooling costs in the long run.